Spooky Halloween Movies List For 2016

Spooky Halloween Movies List For 2016

Here’s my spooky Halloween movies list for 2016 — one for each night of October.

In the “how to watch” column, here’s the meaning of the codes:  N=Netflix, ND=Netflix DVD only, AV=Amazon Video, AVP=Amazon Video + Prime, ATV=Apple TV, B=Blu-ray, D=DVD

DayMovie TitleYearCommentsHow to Watch
1Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl2003A great ghost story inspired by Disney’s classic theme park ride.N, AV, ATV, B, D
2PBS Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations, Episodes 1 thru 32012While not a ghost story and there’s nothing supernatural in the film, the creepy, specter-like Miss Havisham and her rotting, haunted-looking house will definitely set the proper spooky mood. The scary criminal Magwitch is an added fright.ND, ATV, B, D
3The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975Tim Curry in his element as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
4Clue1985Tim Curry as the butler.AV, ATV, B, D
5Murder by Death1976Truman Capote entertains.ND, AV, ATV, D
6House on Haunted Hill1959Vincent Price stars in this thriller featuring a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house — with a vat of acid in the basement. Don’t bother with the lame 1999 remake.AVP, ATV, D
7Beetlejuice1998Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton in a classic Tim Burton production.ND, AV, ATV, B
8Halloweentown2004Very light Disney channel fare but entertaining nonetheless. Debbie Reynolds.ND, AV, ATV, D
9Casper1995Bill Pullman being threatened by ghosts instead of aliens.AV, ATV, B, D
10Hotel Transylvania2012More light animated fare, but completely watchable.AV, ATV, B, D
11Elvira: Mistress of the Dark1988Camp fun with a macabre theme.ND, AV, ATV, D
12Young Frankenstein1974A Mel Brooks classic in beautiful black and white with an incredibly talented cast.ND, B, D
13House of Dark Shadows1970For those who are fans of the original Dark Shadows TV series.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
14Night of Dark Shadows1971More 70’s creepy camp with the Collins family from producer Dan Curtis, but no Barnabas.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
15Dark Shadows2012Fun remake by Tim Burton with a great 70’s soundtrack.AV, ATV, B, D
16Sleepy Hollow1999Another Tim Burton production full of classic creepiness.N, AV, ATV, B, D
17Corpse Bride2005While we’re on Tim Burton, might as well watch this one. Lots of famous voices: Joanna Lumley, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee, Jane Horrocks.N, AV, ATV, B, D
18Ghostbusters1984The classic.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
19Ghostbusters II1989The classic, revisited.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
20It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown1966Another autumn classic.ND, AV, ATV B, D
21The Witches1990Anjelica Huston as the grand high witch. Who knew witches had square toes?ND, AV, ATV, D
22The Addams Family1991Anjelica Huston as Morticia.N, AV, ATV, B, D
23Addams Family Values1993Even more Anjelica Huston.ND, AV, ATV, D
24Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge2001Because you already watched the first one on October 8.ND, AV, ATV, D
25Pufnstuf, The Movie1970Attend the annual witch convention at Witchiepoo’s castle. Groovy Mama Cass, and Martha Raye as Boss Witch.ND, AV, ATV, D
26Mad Monster Party1967Classic Rankin Bass stop motion animation. So bad, so tacky, so good. Voices by Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller.AV, ATV, B, D
27The Nightmare Before Christmas1993Back to Tim Burton again.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
28Bram Stoker’s Dracula1992Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.ND, AV, ATV, B, D
29[The Fall of the] House of Usher1960A Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic based on the tale by Edgar Allen Poe.AV, D
30The Pit and the Pendulum1961Another Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic, also based on the writing of Edgar Allen Poe.AV, B, D
31Hocus Pocus1993My ultimate Halloween movie.ND, AV, ATV, B, D

 

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